Leadership Change for Summer Reading at New York Libraries

Karen Balsen, who has guided Summer Reading at New York Libraries since 2007, is stepping down as the program’s Coordinator. During her tenure the program has grown from participation levels of 1.3 million to 1.99 million, a partnership was started with the Legislature to promote summer reading, summer reading manuals were developed for school libraries as well as childcare centers, partnerships were expanded to include Hunger Solutions, New York State Reading Association, New York Council for the Humanities, and 4-H, STEM workshops were offered to public libraries statewide, the national Teen Video Challenge was instituted and New York State was the first state to participate, a summer reading on-line registration tool was offered statewide, materials for parents were translated into the 9 most commonly used languages in New York State, and a Teen Facebook page was created, and a Summer Reading at New York Libraries blog and Tumblr were added to the two summer reading pages already maintained to expand the reach of summer reading resources.

Beginning in December 2015, Sharon Phillips will take over as Coordinator of Summer Reading at New York Libraries.

For information on Summer Reading at New York Libraries visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/ or contact Sharon Phillips, Program Coordinator, Division of Library Development, New York State Library, at Sharon.Phillips@nysed.gov or 518-486-4863.

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Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded in part through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.